Design Icon: Nathalie Du Pasquier

French designer, sculptor and painter as well as one of the founding members of the renowned Memphis. Explore Nathalie Du Pasquier incredible use of color - check out the unique rugs she has designed for Post Design and the ceramic totems she designed for maker Bitossi Ceramiche.

Nathalie du Pasquier
Pattern design by Nathalie Du Pasquier

​Nathalie Du Pasquier was born in Bordeaux, France in 1957, but lives in Milan since 1979. In Milan Nathalie Du Pasquier met her husband, the designer George Sowden, who introduced her to the world of design. In 1981, Nathalie Du Pasquier became a designer and co-founding member of the iconic postmodern design movement Memphis Group, together with Ettore Sottsass, Alessandro Mendini, Andrea Branzi and other iconic designers. 

Nathalie du Pasquier made a unique contribution in feeding and creating the Memphis iconic style, designing numerous decorated surfaces, including: textiles, carpets, furniture and plastic laminates, all carrying her distinctive colorful and exotic style. Her style is incredibly unique and highly recognizable - bright colors mix with bold lines to create one of a kind patterns. 

Nathalie worked as a designer for Memphis since 1986 and in 1987 painting and sculpture in her Milan studio became her main activity, she has had exhibitions of her paintings at many galleries worldwide but she continued to design textiles as well, including patterns for clothes produced by American Apparel in 2014.

In February 2015, Power house Books published 'Don't Take These Drawings Too Seriously', a book that collects all the unpublished Du Pasquier drawings. You can read ​Artemest interview with Nathalie Du Pasquier on our magazine.

Explore the colorful pieces Natahlie Du Pasquier designed for ​Memphis Milano​Post Design and ​Bitossi Ceramiche.

Drawing by Natalie Du Pasquier, 2014
Pattern design by Nathalie du Pasquier
Still Life on a Chair 2 Oil on Canvas Painting by Nathalie Du Pasquier, 2014
Nathalie Du Pasquier original pattern of the Burundi textile designed for Memphis in 1981
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